CHICAGO, IL - On November 23, during a routine traffic stop, Aaron Okelola, 25, took off while a police officer held onto the vehicle for dear life. The officer suffered multiple fractures to his skull and required surgery to relieve life-threatening brain swelling.
The New York Post reported:
Prosecutors said Wednesday that surveillance footage and the officer’s bodycam shows Okelola’s 2008 Chevy Impala speeding off during a traffic stop with the 30-year-old cop’s body halfway inside the vehicle while clinging to its door and dashboard.
Okelola’s Impala then crossed three lanes of oncoming traffic and a concrete median before hitting a metal beam at an elevated train station, sending the officer into a cement wall, prosecutors said.
The unidentified 30-year-old officer also suffered a broken jaw in the ordeal, and remains hospitalized at this time.
The suspect told officers that he tried to flee because he had been smoking marijuana in the vehicle, and did not have a driver's license.
Okelola has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, misdemeanor fleeing and eluding, driving without a license and other violations. He is currently being held at the Cook County Jail without bond.
If convicted, the Nigerian immigrant faces up to 80 years in state prison.